Senior Wildcats come from behind to edge Dartmouth 3-2

John Decoste
Published on August 17, 2014

The senior Wildcats have usually played better on the rare occasions when Ian Lockhart, shown here making a play during infield warm-up, has been in the line-up.  

©John DeCoste

Wins have been few and far between for the Kentville senior Wildcats this season, so the ’Cats’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Dartmouth on Aug. 13 at Memorial Park was especially sweet.

Trailing the Moosehead Dry 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Kentville rallied to tie the score, and force extra innings, on John Ansara’s two-run double.

The Wildcats then completed the comeback in the bottom of the tenth, the game-winning run scoring on David MacIntyre’s RBI single.

Kentville, which was missing regular starters Codey Shrider, Curtis Falls and Rob Shepherd, did have Ian Lockhart in the lineup for a second straight night.

The Wildcats had their chances against Dartmouth starter Matt MacDonald, leaving the bases loaded in both the second and fourth innings, but couldn’t manage to come up with the clutch hit they needed until the final two innings.

Kentville finished with three runs on eight hits of MacDonald and relievers Matt Harding and Jeff Reeves.

Reeves, who took the loss, surrendered all three Kentville runs after entering the game in the eighth inning.

MacIntyre pitched the first seven innings for Kentville and pitched well before giving way to Mike Lockhart, who finished the game and was the winning pitcher. MacIntyre and Lockhart combined to allow the league leaders only six hits.

Ansara finished with a pair of doubles and the two key RBI. MacIntyre added two singles and the game-winning RBI. Chris Head had three singles for Dartmouth, stole four bases and ended up scoring both his team’s runs.

On Aug. 12 in Halifax, Mark Haverstock threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in the Pelham Canadians’ 4-0 win over the Wildcats.

Halifax, which finished with four runs on 10 hits, scored once in the first, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth. Kentville starter Shayne Conrad took the loss, with Shrider appearing in relief.

Adam Lucas led the way for the Canadians with three singles and two RBI. Steve Murphy added a two-run double, and Ryan Veinot singled, doubled, stole three bases and scored two runs.

Shrider, Falls, Mike Lockhart and Jason Pleasant-Sampson had one single each to account for Kentville’s four hits.

The fifth-place Wildcats, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to Halifax, ended the week with a record of three wins and 20 losses.

See a slideshow of photos here.